Wretchedness by Ambrose Ibsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: WRETCHEDNESS by Ambrose Ibsen
So far, I think this is the best I have read from this wide-ranging author, and that expresses high praise indeed. This novel is literary horror taken to an extreme. Although never specifically stated, I saw a very Lovecraftian viewpoint, as the author writes of a priestly caste existing BEFORE the dawn of recorded time, worshipping a god long dead, but recoverable, and planning made for an outcome then many millennia into the future. Their forsaken deity is reminiscent of Lovecraft's eldritch and outre Elder Gods, and the geometry it foments of Cthulhuian geometry with its awkward and mind-blowing angles. The result is not a fast-flowing horror-thriller, but a meaty, metaphysical, thought-provoking, novel. I think it will be especially enjoyed by fans of Jasper Bark, whose works also delve into unknown pre-written records cults in the geographic location we know as the Middle East.
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